There’s always something to do in Jamaica! Read on to find out about the upcoming events taking place across the island:
Jamaica Epicurean Escape, May 22-25, 2014
The Jamaica Epicurean Escape is back for 2014, celebrating excellence in Jamaica’s food, music and culture. This 2-day event will feature local, regional and international chefs showcasing their culinary talents at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in Ocho Rios. Chef demonstrations and cook-offs, wine tasting, seminars and a live concert are just a few of the exciting activities set to make the 2014 Jamaica Epicurean Escape an event to remember. For more information on the Jamaica Epicurean Escape go to http://jamaicaepicureanescape.com/.
“There’s a stretch of beach in the small Jamaican fishing village of Treasure Beach where booths sell poetry books right alongside jerk chicken and local villagers mix with international literati. On a weekend in late May, some 2,000 people sit entranced as author and port Fred D’Aguilar reads them his work form a bamboo lectern.
This is Calabash, a three-day international literary festival that celebrates language with a distinctly Caribbean twist. And while everyone knows Jamaica as a mecca of music, the birthplace of Bob Marley and reggae, this decade-old event is putting the island on the art world’s map for something else….. the Jamaican festival has also raised the bar for lit fests in general- attend one Calabash and you may never see those other wine-and-cheese shindigs in the same way again.”
NPR July 2012
Back after a one-year break, the Calabash International Literary Festival will fill the air of Treasure Beach, Jamaica with the sounds of profound words and pulsating rhythms. From May 30 to June 1 the literary festival returns to Jamaica’s south coast with live readings and music from over 30 authors and musicians including the likes of Rahul Bhattacharya, JaQuavis Coleman and celebrated author Jamaica Kincaid.
The 3-night festival will also feature a new science fiction component and hip hop royalty Mobb Depp member Albert ‘Prodigy’ Johnson, with his first fiction release HNIC.
Jake’s, the home of Calabash since its inception will be the hub of activity in Treasure Beach. Plan to be there with fellow book lovers, listening to the fresh wave of words while sitting on the edge of Jamaica’s south coast. For more information on the Calabash Literary Festival go to www.calabashfestival.org.
Join the cheerleading team of the Super Bowl XLVII Champions, the Baltimore Ravens, for their 2nd Calendar Photoshoot in Jamaica. The pristine beaches, tropical gardens and exotic locales of Jamaica will be the setting for the Ravens 2015 Calendar.
The NFL winning cheerleading squad will be meeting fans during their stay at the new Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort in Ocho Rios. You can join them for the vacation of a lifetime with the Jewel Resorts ‘Ravens Come Along’ package, including daily spa credit and a complimentary jet lag massage per person per stay. (more…)
A visit to Jamaica’s capital city Kingston is a cultural adventure, one which uncovers the historical foundations and ethnic influences that have created the unique Jamaican way of life. The beauty of the island is seen through the museums, art galleries, architecture and exhibitions located throughout the city.
One such iconic location is Devon House, the 127 year old landmark in Kingston. Though popularly known for the delectable ice cream sold there, so much so that it made National Geographic’s Top 5 List, Devon House has a far richer history than its famous flavours. (more…)
In a tropical garden oasis overlooking the city of Montego Bay lies an award winning boutique wedding venue. Couples can pledge their love in this 10,000 sq ft mansion surrounded by flowering gardens and butterflies with a bird’s eye view of the turquoise coast below. Hummingbird Hall, the 4-time Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award winner, is one of Jamaica’s most sought after wedding venues, offering all-inclusive wedding services in a romantic boutique venue.
On entering the venue, guests to a Hummingbird Hall wedding will be serenaded by the tranquil sounds of a waterfall along with the scents of jasmine and lemongrass from the upper garden. A stroll through the Butterfly Run, a cozy garden area home to monarch, tiger and swallowtail butterflies, will take you to the main wedding location. The Lagoon Deck is the primary feature of the venue, where many a bride and groom get married poolside accompanied by views of the Caribbean Sea.
It was a day filled with rhythm at the 24th staging of the Fi Wi Sinting Festival. The sounds of nyabinghi drumming and kumina welcomed patrons to Somerset Falls, the lush tropical venue in Portland on the eastern side of Jamaica. Starting in the late morning and continuing through the typical Portland afternoon showers, Fi Wi Sinting saw persons from around the island and the world participating in a spirited celebration of African culture in Jamaica.
The open air daylong event incorporated every aspect of African retentions in Jamaica from beautiful handmade craft from ingenious products, to tasty all-natural dishes, to colourful storytelling and poetry. Highlights of the day included the procession of the Jonkunoo, a traditional parade of masked men and women. To the sound of the drums they danced through the gardens, to the surprise and fright of many a young child and even grown men and women. (more…)
“Out of Many, One People” the national motto, aptly describes the rich culture of Jamaica; a heritage contributed to by a blend of races, nations and peoples. This year the Fi Wi Sinting Foundation will for the 24th year celebrate the African traditions that have formed part of Jamaica’s identity.
Fi Wi Sinting, Jamaican patois for ‘it is ours’, is an annual festival highlighting African retentions in Jamaica through song, dance, storytelling, art, craft, food and fashion. Their 2014 staging will take place on February 16, an all-day extravaganza at the picturesque Somerset Falls in Port Antonio.
The iconic Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival celebrates 18 years of world class entertainment with a star-studded show in 2014. The event, one of Jamaica’s largest music festivals, will rock Trelawny with performances by Grammy award winning artistes Toni Braxton, Chaka Khan, Chrisette Michele, Aaron Neville, Joe, Crystal Gayle and many more.
The historic month of February dubbed as Reggae Month in Jamaica will feature vibrant arrays of special programs. This is set to highlight the social backdrops and celebrate sub-genres of Reggae. The festivities kick off with a weekly series that will incorporate music and other artistic forms such as dance, dramatic expressions and fashion.
Shaggy and Friends
Saturday January 4, 2014 is the date when the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation will stage its concert “Shaggy and Friends” on the lawns of Jamaica House in Kingston at 8pm.
The foundation has released a star studded line up, which includes Shaggy, Neyo, Tarrus Riley, Konshens, Chronixx, Wayne Marshall, Assassin and others. The concert will also feature a full length performance from Tessanne Chin in what will be her first major performance since winning the NBC’s The Voice.
The Shaggy and Friends concert is hosted biennially with its beneficiary, the Bustamante Hospital for Children – the only full service children hospital in the English speaking Caribbean. Shaggy was introduced to the Bustamante Hospital about 10 years ago and was moved to establish the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation, which since inception has made donations worth over US $1million. For more information on Shaggy & Friends and on how to donate please visit: Shaggy Foundation
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